Robert Freestone

Professor Robert Freestone

  • Post Nominals: FASSA, FAHA, FIAG, RPIA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2021
  • Section(s): History, Arts


Robert Freestone is Professor of Planning in the School of Built Environment in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture at the University of New South Wales. His research in city planning has interrelated different scales and temporal settings framed by appreciation of economic, governance, cultural and environmental drivers. This work centres around four main foci: urban policy transfer, planning governance, urban design and urban form, and biography. His historically-driven research has disseminated new knowledge by critically situating national and local stories within a broader global context; examining the connections between planning, design, development and community voices; and raising awareness of design interventions within heritage and community networks. His scholarship has been recognised in awards from the Planning Institute of Australia, the National Trust of Australia, and the International Planning History Society.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.